The property & lifestyle magazine brought to you by FISKS / Issue 81
INSIDE THIS ISSUE The benefits of downsizing Sell with our drone photography Money saving holiday tips Benfleet new builds open home on Saturday 14th August This month’s properties
CONTENTS THE BENEFITS OF DOWNSIZING We take a look at the benefits of downsizing and help you decide if it’s right for you.
SELL WITH OUR DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY Up and down the country, more and more people are selling their property using drones. We take a closer look inside the world of drone photography.
MONEY SAVING HOLIDAY TIPS As overseas holidays begin to restart, we give you some money saving tips to make that overdue holiday happen sooner and more cost effective.
BENFLEET NEW BUILDS - OPEN HOME ON SATURDAY 14TH AUGUST In case you missed them last month, discover a beautiful collection of spacious one and twobedroom family apartments on the edge of Benfleet.
Welcome to our
magazine We have some exciting news this month, on Saturday 14th of August our Benfleet new builds will have an open home for all to view. Walking around the site last week I can assure you that the build is coming along very nice indeed. As well as talking you through our Benfleet new builds this month, elsewhere in this issue we take a look at the subject of downsizing and how it can benefit you, selling your home using our drone photography and videography, and give you some money saving holiday tips. Enjoy!
John Pring FNAEA(Honoured) & MARLA | Director
The benefits of downsizing... We take a look at the benefits of downsizing and help you decide if it’s right for you.
If you’re asking yourself what downsizing is then you’ve came to the right place. Basically, downsizing is when you buy a smaller home than the one you currently have now. This could be for a number of reasons - maybe your children have moved out and you want to move closer to them, or perhaps you’re struggling to keep up with the bills, or maybe you just want some extra cash for your retirement? Whatever the reason, more and more people are downsizing and finding it beneficial to their lives. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES? Many people think that having a big home is better, but that is not always the case - there is no point in having empty rooms when you can benefit financially from them. Plus, if you’ve had your current home for a long time, the chances are that it has increased in value somewhat and you‘ve paid off your mortgage fully, which means there is a good chance you will have a lot of equity left over to spend on what you want when downsizing. it also means you can buy your new home as a cash buyer, giving you more options and a quicker chain. Downsizing also means less upkeep, lower bills and more time to do the things you love with the extra cash. If you find yourself downsizing in later life, it means you can choose a property that will be better suited for your needs. If that garden is too difficult for you to keep under control, or those stairs in your home get you panting every time you walk up them, then downsizing is perfect for you, your heath and lifestyle.
Here is a quick downsizing checklist for you:
Consider your reasons for downsizing? Is it necessary, is it better for your health and lifestyle and financial situation?
Consider where you want to live. Do you want to stay in the same area or move to the seaside closer to family and friends?
Consider the type of property you want to buy. Do you want another smaller house, or a luxurious flat, or maybe a cosy bungalow?
Consider whether you want to pay off your mortgage fully before you sell your current property.
Start donating, selling or getting rid of items you currently own downsizing means you might have to say goodbye to some items you own.
Get ready to sell your home - clean, de-clutter and give the whole place a lick of paint if your current paintwork has seen better days. For more help on this subject, please re-visit some of our older issues of Gateway.
This is the MOST important thing on your checklist - reach out to your local estate agents who have local knowledge and expertise to help you get the best price for your property and sell it fast. Without being too obvious, why not contact us at Fisks to give you a help in hand, we have 50+ years of local experience and have offices in Benfleet and Canvey.
Meet the team...
John Pring Director
Simon Pring Director
Ian Carey Sales Manager
Harriet Plampton Sales & Lettings Consultant
Penny Ash Property Manager
Nicola Rattenberry Director’s P.A.
Leanne Wright Administration Manager
Albie Poole Junior Estate Agent
Tina Webster Management Accountant
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Kerrie Watts Property Consultant
Ben Nelson Junior Estate Agent
Our Vision & Strategy The residential estate agency market is increasingly populated by large corporations; nevertheless, our independent family-run estate agency continues to succeed and grow a loyal client base, due to our core values, ethos and flexible approach to clients’ requirements.
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Sell with our drone photography... Up and down the country, more and more people are selling their property using drones. We take a closer look inside the world of drone photography.
Estate agents up and down the country have said that drones are the MOST important new way to market your property since the internet and online portals. By providing a birds eye view of your property it will show off its true potential to those waiting buyers. WHY USE DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY TO YOUR SELL PROPERTY? Simply put, using aerial photography and videography to market your property will show waiting buyers its true potential and essentially give it that “WOW” factor when they first set eyes on it online or in that high street window. Fisks’ aerial photography and videography will help make a property more appealing to potential buyers, especially if it’s a bigger house or a piece of land. If your property has the potential to extent then aerial photography and videography work will immediately let your potential buyer envision what they can do with it - giving you a quicker and much easier sale.
Ground-based photography and videography have huge limits when you want to capture your property, land, garden and surroundings. With our drone work, there is no longer a limit on showing the potential of your property to waiting buyers. By providing a birds eye view of your property, Fisks’ aerial photography and videography will make your property stand out on property portals such as Zoopla and Rightmove. Not only will your birds eye view give your property that stand out look, it will also generate a sense of awe that ground-based photography and videography simply can’t deliver. So, increase your chances in getting sold faster by standing out from the competition with Fisks’ aerial photography and videography work.
Why use FISKS? The industry has changed hugely with the development of digital technology - this has created two different styles of agency, the traditional high street agency, and the modern online agency. At Fisks, we believe that the best solution is to be both.
Fisks still do the traditional marketing
Our Ethos & Values
methods that you are comfortable with, such as high street shop locations with
We focus on our clients’ requirements
window displays, applicant mailing lists,
and instructions rather than just doing
text and email facilities, linked offices,
what’s quickest and easiest for us.
portals such as Rightmove, leaflet drops, floor plans, boards and branded cars.
Our comprehensive training program ensures that our staff channels their
These marketing tools have been tried
entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm
and tested for many years, but with the
for the benefit of our clients, whilst
ongoing digital revolution we have also
maintaining the professionalism and
embraced change. These new marketing
customer service associated with our
methods come in the form of a digital
property lifestyle magazine that’s produced in house and emailed to over eight thousand people a month, targeted social media campaigns across all the major platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, 4k video tours of your property for our successful YouTube channel, enhanced portal marketing, and from a customer service point of view, we have vendor log-ins so you can see viewers feedback and offers on your home at any time.
At Fisks, we believe we have all your marketing needs covered to get you SOLD!
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Money saving holiday tips... As overseas holidays begin to restart, we give you some money saving tips to make that overdue holiday happen sooner and more cost effective.
We’ve all been locked up for many months, so getting away and having you dream holiday is well deserved now. Whether you want to go near or far, our following tips will be sure to help you save money and make your dream holiday come sooner. Remember, we are not out of the woods yet, Covid-19 restrictions are still in place, so make sure you read the gov.uk website for all the latest information on travelling at home or overseas. BOOK EARLY OR LATE To get the best deals, you have two options. Booking early - booking early means you get the best last minute deals and judge the restrictions based on the current Covid-19 announcements. Booking late - booking late also means you can get great deals but could also mean you’re taking more risks when it comes to government restrictions. Sure, everything is going to plan now, but anything is possible. Fingers crossed we keep heading in the right direction.
BOOK A FREE-TO-CANCEL HOLIDAY/HOTEL Luckily, most places now offer free cancellations due to the ongoing changes of restrictions, but sadly they don’t all offer this. Make sure you can cancel your holiday/hotel free of charge if needed. If you get pinned by the NHS app (because anything is possible) then you don’t want to lose all your hard earned holiday cash.
SAVE, SAVE AND SAVE It’s time to assess your spending properly. Could you cut down on costs of your every day living? Do you have an unused gym membership, or any TV subscription services you don’t use often enough to justify the price you’re paying? Cutting back on memberships or subscriptions is probably the best way to save some extra cash over months. GET A SAVINGS CARD There are many savings cards available now - a quick Google search will give you many options. Monzo for example is great for saving - you can put saved money aside via an app on your phone, and even round up your transactions to the nearest pound for that little extra savings. CUT DOWN ON UNNECESSARY SPENDS It comes as no surprise when we say that every day treats like coffees and meal deals in the corner shop can cost a fortune if you’re treating yourself every day. You could save thousands over the course of a year if you decide to make your coffees and lunches at home. LOAD UP ON CASH BEFOREHAND You should always buy your travel money before you take a trip. And, if paying on plastic whilst you’re away then opt to pay in Euro and not Sterling - rates are often better if you do.
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BENFLEET NEW BUILDS - OPEN HOME ON SATURDAY 14TH AUGUST... Discover a beautiful collection of spacious one and two-bedroom family apartments on the edge of Benfleet.
Benfleet new builds.
As Benfleet’s leading local property experts, Fisks are proud to be the sole agent of the Forest View development. Fisks has been helping individuals and families find a place to call home in the area for over 50 years. Forest View is unlike any new-build development you’ve seen before. Built over five floors, the development contains 24 distinctive one and twobedroom apartments. Each one of these spacious new family homes has a completely individual layout. So, while the finish is uniformly excellent throughout, every apartment comes with its own unique charm. Which one will become your future home? With bright and modern open-plan living areas, high-end Beko kitchens, modern bathrooms, plenty of storage and landscaped communal areas, Forest View is so much more than a collection of apartments; it’s a place to call home. Located just off Bread and Cheese Hill and within touching distance of South Benfleet’s excellent amenities, Forest View boasts an enviable position. It’s perfect for commuters, first-time buyers, new families or anyone looking to escape the bustle of the city and find a place to call their own.
OVERVIEW Forest View is a privately managed collection of 24 desirable modern apartments located just outside of Benfleet. The development has been thoughtfully designed to maximise space, built to the highest standards and is complemented by immaculately landscaped communal areas. Each apartment comes with a 10-year warranty and a 199-year lease. Ground rent is charged at £150 per annum for one-bed apartments and £200 for two-bed apartments, and is subject to a 25-year review based on RPI.
A SPECIFICATION FOR MODERN LIVING We’ve chosen a finish that suits everyone’s tastes and ensures that every apartment is light, airy and ready for you to infuse your personality. Quality is guaranteed at Forest View, and to that end, your new home will benefit from things such as modern, spacious living areas with carpets throughout, high-end kitchen complete with Beko appliances, quartz worktops, Celsius bathroom with a 15-year warranty finished with Italian porcelain tiles and versatile storage space. To register your interest in the Forest View development please contact Fisks today. Head on over to www.fisks.co.uk to view the full brochure.
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